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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

STOP Issue Deferred Amidst Legal Battle

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Financial support to the group has been deferred pending legal advice for the Town.

Saugeen Shores has nothing but support for the Saugeen Shores Turbine Operation Policy (STOP) group in its continuing fight against the UNIFOR turbine issues in south Port Elgin.
However, financial support for what appears to be a new legal challenge by STOP against the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), has been deferred, pending the town getting its own legal advice.
At a council meeting on Monday, February 12th, Mayor Mike Smith said, "There was some question about whether the town should be a party to, whatever this suit is."
Councillors agreed that giving $25,000 to STOP but CAO David Smith cautioned that such a move could look like the town is part of the suit action.
Mayor Smith says they certainly support the residents in the area of the turbine but they need legal advice from the town lawyers about the "liability issues....around being a party to (the) suit itself."
In the meantime, it's been learned that a spokesperson for the MOECC has agreed to address council sometime in April.
You may recall council supported a motion inviting such a person to a future council meeting to answer questions about the rules or lack of them, regarding audio tests of the turbine.
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